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[hur-dee-gur-dee, -gur-] /ˈhɜr diˈgɜr di, -ˌgɜr-/
noun, plural hurdy-gurdies.
a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.
Origin of hurdy-gurdy
1740-50; variant of Scots hirdy-girdy uproar, influencedby hurly-burly
Related forms
hurdy-gurdist, hurdy-gurdyist, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -dies
any mechanical musical instrument, such as a barrel organ
a medieval instrument shaped like a viol in which a rosined wheel rotated by a handle sounds the strings
Word Origin
C18: rhyming compound, probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for hurdy-gurdy

1749, perhaps imitative of its sound and influenced by c.1500 hirdy-girdy "uproar, confusion."

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